June 11, 2013 Subject:
The Right Rite
As much as I appreciate this upload, the bit rate is a VERY low 97 kbps (VBR) while the standard for downloads is now 256, that is if possible on the Archive. With faster computers, bit rates have gone up.
May 29, 2013 Subject:
Orchestra used in this recording
The Wikipedia indicates that Stravinsky conducted L'Orchestre des Concerts Straram in this recording. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rite_of_Spring_discography.
October 5, 2010 Subject:
Exceptional quality for an early electric recording.
Stravinsky did want a very primitive sound in The Rite of Spring, which is why he would write for the instruments in their extreme registers. The primitive sound comes through in this recording, even with its limited dynamic range and fidelity.
For purists who will accept nothing but the definitive version, they should purchase Stravinsky's historic 1940 recording with the New York Philharmonic. It's not a stereo recording, but it's exceptional. For the purposes of the Internet Archive, this 1929 recording is quite acceptable. I plan on using it in my music appreciation classes, as it showcases Primitivism in a way that more sophisticated recordings cannot.
July 11, 2010 Subject:
If this is Stravinsky conducting, this recording may be of some historic value, if only to show the dismal performances "Rite" once received. It is no exaggeration to say that this sounds like an under-prepared high school orchestra. It really is that bad.
at first I though there were issues with these mp3 files but I guess it's iTunes under OSX which can't really handle different bitrates and sample frequencies.
January 7, 2009 Subject:
Wonderful Historical Addition
Wow! Great upload.
The sound quality is spotty but it's not bad for 1929.
"Ritual of Abduction" goes like the wiiiiind!
The orchestra here (uncredited in the info section) is most likely the Orchestre Symphonique de Paris (Paris Symphony Orchestra). Monteux, who premiered the work, recorded it in the same year with [another?] Grand Orchestre Symphonique de Paris.